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AUTHOR BIO: Davidson Loehr is a former musician, combat photographer and press officer in Vietnam, owner of a photography studio in Ann Arbor, and a carpenter. He holds a Ph.D. in methods of studying religion, theology, the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of science, with an additional focus on language philosophy (The University of Chicago). From 1986 to 2009, he served as a Unitarian minister, and has been a Fellow in the Jesus Seminar since 1992. He is the author of one book, America, Fascism & God: Sermons from a Heretical Preacher, (Chelsea Green, 2005). Davidson is now retired, living in Austin, TX.
Thursday, May 26, 2011 When God Demands An Abortion (14 comments)
For the past four decades, liberals have argued that abortion is a woman's right to choose, while conservatives argued that God forbids abortions. The conservatives have won: a majority of Americans now see abortion as a bad thing, the option of last resort. Liberals seldom offer theological arguments for abortions, and it has been a mistake. We need to revisit the discussion of abortion as a religious option.
Friday, May 20, 2011 A Moral Argument for Abortion (6 comments)
In the game-changing 1973 Roe v. Wade case, abortion was framed as an issue of women's rights. The women's movement was in full swing, and it was easy to see why women would believe they should have the right to abort an unwanted fetus. But the "rights" frame proved to be an easy target for those who say the termination of a developing human being must be supported by a persuasive moral argument. They have won....